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Rob Crilly

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Musharraf Faces Mountain of Challenges If He Is to Return to Pakistan

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 2:18 PM

You could say the writing was on the wall for Pervez Musharraf's return to Pakistan even last month -- the Facebook wall of his party that is:

You are all requested not to use bad language while making comments. We are all Pakistani's and we are always representing our...

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The Death of Khalil Ibrahim, Darfur Rebel Leader

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2011 | 2:18 PM

The government of Sudan has reported the death of Khalil Ibrahim, leader of the Justice and Equality Movement, the largest and most powerful of Darfur's rebel groups.

I met him two and a half years ago in the desert of North Darfur. I spent five days dodging Antonov bombers...

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Libya's New Leaders Face Opposition

(4) Comments | Posted September 21, 2011 | 4:12 PM

The bazaar in the centre of Benghazi is nothing much out of the ordinary. Cheap Chinese torches with the lifespan of about a week are stacked up beside shiny polyester T-shirts and plastic jewellery, but the narrow, dingy street was still fun to explore in a city that had

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Libyan Fighters Still Face Stiff Battle for Gaddafi Home Town

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 4:31 PM

The anti-Gaddafi ("rebels" seems anachronistic for fighters who have ousted Colonel Gaddafi and seized Tripoli) forces camped outside Sirte know that they still face a huge challenge. I've spent the past three days on their front lines, about 60 miles or so from...
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South Sudan: Failed State in Waiting

(2) Comments | Posted January 8, 2011 | 2:01 AM


Al Jazeera's interview with President Omar al Bashir of Sudan just a couple of days before the South votes on secession is making headlines. In it he says that the South will face instability if it chooses independence from Khartoum.

"The south...
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It's Time to Tell the Truth About the CIA's Secret Drone War in Pakistan

(17) Comments | Posted November 18, 2010 | 11:15 PM

There are some things it is really best not to mention when you are the newly appointed American ambassador to Islamabad. The CIA's covert drone programme is one such thing, as Cameron Munter, Washington's new man in Pakistan,...

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Darfur: It's Not About You George, It's About Them

(11) Comments | Posted September 5, 2010 | 4:50 AM

Poor old George Clooney. While promoting his latest multimillion dollar movie with a string of interviews, he manages to slip in a mention of how the ongoing crisis in Darfur is causing him so much pain...

"But in the case of Darfur it's been the greatest failure of...

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Sudan: Multi-Party Elections with Only One Winner

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2010 | 10:05 AM

Sudan goes to the polls on Sunday. The country's first multi-party elections in more than 20 years have produced a bewildering array of candidates running for parliament, president, regional assemblies and state governorships. The contest in Africa's biggest country has produced, perhaps fittingly, what must be the continent's...

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The Genocide in Darfur Is Over

(4) Comments | Posted March 31, 2010 | 5:26 PM

Interesting developments at Save Darfur. Robert B. Lawrence, director of policy and government relations at the Save Darfur Coalition, has railed against commentators who accuse the lobby group of being stuck in the past and not helping the cause of millions of Darfuris stuck in miserable aid camps....

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Myths and Reality in Darfur

(3) Comments | Posted March 16, 2010 | 7:32 PM

Despite my best efforts, there is still plenty of guff being written about Sudan and Darfur. Some is written through simple ignorance. Never has so much been written about a place by so many people who have never been there. At the same time, there are lots of...

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Dealing with Failed and Failing States

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2010 | 1:58 AM

Fragile states move in and out of world attention - forgotten and neglected until an al Qaeda operative emerges from a training camp or a natural disaster highlights a country's lack of capacity to help itself. Some go the whole hog, descending into total state failure, such as...

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Sudan Peace Talks: Rebels and Government Don't Speak for All Darfur

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2010 | 5:18 AM

The news that Darfur rebel leaders are to sign a deal with the Sudanese government, with a view to a final peace agreement by the middle of next month, is a step in the right direction. For too long the Justice and Equality Movement has been...

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When Reporters Should be Humans too

(2) Comments | Posted January 24, 2010 | 5:14 AM

It is more than a week since an earthquake wrecked Haiti's already troubled land. It has taken this long for the first reliable death tolls to be collated. More than 110,000 people have died. That figure will rise and rise in the coming days.

The story has dominated news agendas....

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Africa, The World Cup and the Danger of Cliché

(10) Comments | Posted January 9, 2010 | 1:43 AM

I went to bed listening to the BBC World Service. After years covering wars in Africa, there are still some stories that are so shocking they make it difficult to sleep. This was one of them:

Players in Togo's national football team have told of their shock when...

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Save Sudan not Darfur

(2) Comments | Posted January 7, 2010 | 1:57 PM

There was a time when you couldn't avoid celebrities, politicians and students banging on about Sudan. There were pet food bowls proclaiming, "If we don't speak up we become accomplices." Rock stars lined up to record awareness-raising songs. Heaven help us, there was even

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A Crucial Year Ahead for Sudan

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2009 | 8:17 AM

The rebels gathered their technicals - pickups mounted with machine guns and rocket launchers - before dawn. More than 100, engines revving, surrounded the army base deep in Darfur's northern desert. There was not much of a fight. The government soldiers simply turned and ran, leaving behind guns, bombs and...

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Bonobos Struck Down With Flu

(1) Comments | Posted April 5, 2009 | 5:53 AM


THERE is something distinctly human about Masisi, a baby bonobo. She could almost be a wide-eyed toddler as she reaches thirstily for a cuppa.
But this is no cute advertisement for a brand of tea.
Conservationists in the Democratic...

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Sudan Expels Charities From Darfur

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2009 | 11:15 PM

2009-03-05-Zam003a.JPG The Sudanese government yesterday began ordering aid agencies to leave the country, leaving millions of people without aid in Darfur. Officials began telephoning charities at 16:05 local time, seconds after the International Criminal Court announced it had issued a warrant for the arrest...
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Lockdown in Darfur

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2009 | 8:30 AM

It's business as usual, according to pretty much anyone you ask in Khartoum when the issue of next week's International Criminal Court indictment of Omar al-Bashir comes up. No-one wants to give the Sudanese government an excuse to accuse diplomats or the international community of acting as judge and...

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Progress in Darfur Peace Talks

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2009 | 12:26 AM

Good news emerging from Doha where members of the Justice and Equality Movement are poised to sign an agreement with the Sudanese government that could pave the way to peace talks on Darfur. The deal includes an agreement to end attacks on people living in aid camps and an...

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